The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for over forty years. Our innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.
The IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces in which we present an ambitious program of exhibitions, concentrating on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, as well as connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences. The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing artist monographs and critical readers. We also have an extensive public program including targeted educational initiatives for young people and adults, and development opportunities for arts professionals. Please explore the IMA’s forty year history or browse our exhibitions, events and publications.
The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh
As Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh oversee all aspects of programming and organisational development. Since joining the IMA in early 2014, they have worked with Studio Miessen on updating the premises and initiated a bookstore partnership with Motto distribution. At the IMA, Burns and Lundh have organised major solo exhibitions with Gordon Bennett, Patrick Staff, Slavs and Tatars, and Hito Steyerl.
Prior to the IMA, Burns and Lundh were Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry, Northern Ireland, where they worked with artists such as Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Raqs Media Collective, and Haegue Yang. At CCA, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe with Independent Curators International, From 'Official History' to Underrepresented Narratives. They were also part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.
Burns and Lundh are regular contributors to art periodicals, such as Art-Agenda, Canadian Art, Kunstkritikk, as well as exhibition catalogues and books. They have also lectured extensively across Europe, North America and Oceania, including CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson; Goldsmiths – University of London; and Monash University, Melbourne.
The IMA's program is curated by the Executive Directors and drafted 18-24 months in advance. The IMA is unfortunately not able to consider unsolicited proposals.
Madeleine King joined the IMA's team in 2015. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, and has been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. She recently completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership and Development Manager
As Membership and Development Manager, Ally Bennett manages the IMA's philanthropic initiatives and sponsorship, specialising in developing event-based fundraising. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Loughborough University, UK, and joined the IMA in 2014 after working for both the Contemporary Art Society and the Tate Modern in London. She has over five years experience in fundraising and events management, specifically with individual philanthropy, acquisition committees, and benefit events. Contact: email@example.com
David M Thomas
As Exhibitions Manager, David M Thomas, oversees technical and logistical aspects of exhibition delivery and assists with public programs. Thomas maintains an art practice and performs in art metal band, Eggvein. Recently awarded a PhD in Visual Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane, he also has a Masters of Arts Administration, UNSW, Sydney, and a Masters in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts. He is a founding partner of creative content studio, Funhauser, with Suzanne Howard. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadia Buick is a curator, writer, and editor with a research background in fashion, art history, and cultural studies. As the IMA's Communications Officer, she assists with communications and media. Buick completed her doctorate in curatorial practice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. Her exhibition projects include Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Museum of Brisbane, 2015. She is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: email@example.com
Visitor and Bookshop Assistant
As Visitor and Bookshop Assistant, John Feely oversees front of house and IMA Motto bookstore and assists events. After volunteering with the gallery he joined the team in 2015. Feely is a practicing artist who completed his Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in 2015. He co-founded and manages Oral ARI in Red Hill, Brisbane. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewel Mackenzie is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institution’s financial operations. Mackenzie, who joined the team in 2006, is a trained bookkeeper and a TAFE-certified fashion designer. She also has a PhD in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Frontier Imaginaries Curator
Vivian Ziherl is Curatorial Fellow at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. With Natasha Ginwala, Ziherl recently developed Landings at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, in collaboration with organisations such as Tropenmuseum and Stedelijk Museum (both Amsterdam). Ziherl was IMA’s Curatorial Fellow 2014/15 through the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and the curator of Frontier Imaginaries in 2016.
Evie Franzidis has been editing IMA publications since 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Art Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master’s Degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from University of Queensland. As a freelance editor and writer, Franzidis works for a number of Queensland and national arts institutions.
IMA Advisory Committee
Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi.
Brigid Hansen, David Don, Christina Baker, Katy Birkett, Prudence McComish, Nicholas Hodge, Katie Porter, Tori Lawson, Laura Burstow, Callum Galletly, Lucy Forsberg, Rachael Archibald, Jessica Rae Dorizac, Emma Caskey, Anna Litwinowicz, Emma Liu, Helen Gramotnev, Amanda Brachio, Callum McGrath, Natasha Matila-Smith, Vanshika Sinh, Whitney Ashton Turner and Kirralee Robinson.
Queensland photographer Richard Stringer documented the IMA’s exhibitions between 1975 and 2015.